Lonely voices: A grounded theory study into the experiences of family members and mental health staff after suicide.
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Bird, G. 2015. Lonely voices: A grounded theory study into the experiences of family members and mental health staff after suicide. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London Social Sciences
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The way in which family members are supported by staff from the mental services after the suicide of a relative is an important, though not well researched area. This research aims to explore two main areas; firstly to explore from the family members perspectives how they were supported by staff after the suicide of their relative and whether this was what they would have wanted as a means of support. Secondly mental health staff were asked about what and how they provided support to families after the suicide of a relative and how they felt about what was provided by them and the service. This research project presents a qualitative study using grounded theory analysis of data collected from family members and mental health staff members about their experiences after the death from suicide of a family member or patient receiving care from the mental health services. The study sample comprised six staff and five family members who were interviewed face to face about what they experienced. The interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim, then analysed in keeping with grounded theory, by using constant comparison of data, paying particular attention to reflexivity and researcher influence upon the data and on-going analysis. The core categories arising out of the analysis from the staff interviews showed that staff feel ill equipped to inform family members or provide support after their relative has died by suicide. More specifically the core categories presented the following key areas for staff as follows; 1. Training and awareness raising about suicide, including broadening understanding about the context within which suicide occurs. 2. The emotions involved with and related to the impact of suicide. 3. Skills and competence in breaking bad news to others including family members after suicide. 4. Including families in the care of people receiving mental health services. 5. Awareness and support with the formal processes that ensue following suicide. 6. Staff support after suicide, including managers, colleagues as well as staff in general in the organisation.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.15123/PUB.6804|
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|Deposited||16 Jan 2018|
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